Top Gear drives the Channel Tunnel
Chris Froome has just cycled through, but we were the first in a production car...
Posted: 07 Jul 2014
There'll be no pausing for photos on the way back. Lots of stopping and starting isn't good for range. So with the Ampera back in stealthy battery mode - the electric motor always powers the wheels; the petrol engine only acts as its generator when needed - we go back underground. Easy on the throttle. Keep it on the centre line. Gather momentum, then knock it into neutral to save even more energy. I settle into a hypnotic rhythm. Remy settles into a nap. The thermometer rises, then slowly falls as we approach the surface again. Finally, with about a mile of charge to spare, more airlocks. More blinding light. And we're back on the public roads, petrol engine feeding the electric motor as we cruise to the London office. Alcohol is delivered and downed. And we become the first regular citizens to actually drive a production car to France and back. Our time? A speedy-ish 1hr 15mins on the return trip.
So there you go: a TG world record. Sound the klaxons!